Starting to casually look into getting some work for the upper arm has lead me to browsing the site and blog of artist Scott Campbell. Though I've heard the name come up quite a fair bit over the last few months after collaborations with Louis Vuitton and successful gallery showings, I've only recently started to research him further. Likely a long shot, but an interesting site to browse nonetheless.
>Kent Folding Comb
>Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs
National Geographic's ongoing Ultimate Factories series will provide a glimpse inside Mercedes-Benz this week.
Just had a chance to go over Rachel Comey's men's shoe store online and there are some lookers available.
Your deal of the week is a hand-knit scarf from Inverallan, priced offensively-low. This may be one of your last chances as they've stopped taking individual orders altogether and have opted to work exclusively with select retailers such as Beams Japan and Inventory Stockroom.
>Inverallan on eBay
One of my favourite artists of the moment, Adele, was interviewed by Interview Magazine for her new album, 21.
Gorgeous Holga digital camera just for fun (seen above).
If you're not already familiar, Jeff Bridges, is one hell of a photographer.
And randomly, here's a video of Thomas Edison riding a fixed gear bicycle.
As #dillamonth draws to a close, a few notable projects paying respect to Detroit's finest are worth mentioning. B. Kyle's documentary 'Still Shining' - released on what would have been Dilla's birthday, February 7 - lacks in production value, but its heart is certainly in the right place. Plus, with appearances by big names like Common, Pete Rock, Erykah Badu and Q-Tip, the content is really engaging.
Dilla's label Stones Throw released a black-and-white print to commemorate the occasion (above). 'Behind the Beat' is a nicely-framed photograph of Jay Dee tweaking the boards. With minimal composition, it's a classy homage to an understated icon.
Liveagl.com recently dropped J Dilla's Treasures, a mixtape showcasing early work and rarities. A great mix for purists and beginners alike, it's a straightforward collection that sheds light on the evolution of his signature drum-heavy sound.
There are countless tributes out there, and there will be many, many more. J Dilla's legacy will endure for as long as people have ears.
>J Dilla: Still Shining
>J Dilla: Behind the Beat
>J Dilla's Treasures
>Très Bien Shop
Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.
>Skateistan: To Live and Die in Kabul
>Jonathan Andrew Photography
If you're not already familiar with Tenue de Nimes' Journal de Nimes, please acquaint yourself immediately.
>Journal de Nimes
Canada's own Wings+Horns has collaborated with the Ace Hotel on a French terry bathrobe.
>Ace Hotel Shop
A phenomenal deal to be had on Diemme boots over at Jonathan and Olivia.
Great interview with one of my childhood idols, professional skateboarder Mark Gonzales.
The Savile: What's the idea behind the label?
Benjamin Edgar: It changes all the time I think. It's a personal project and I really enjoy in through that lens - I'm cautious to look at it as a business too much - I feel like that might ruin it, ruin the fun of it. Right now the focus is clothing, its really the end result of 2 years of actually making pieces after meeting a really talented pattern-maker, just playing around, wearing stuff, giving it to friends and exploring, lots and lots of learning, etc. I've been playing around with jewelry for a bit over a year too, designing simple pieces here and there - selling to friends, word of mouth - I'd like to see what happens with that as well. Furniture, specifically benches are something I've played around with, sketching, making little models. Who knows what will stick, you know? Right now the focus is clothing - its the creative outlet that I'm distracted the most by. I think thats what makes it fun - just kind of doing whatever. I feel lucky to be able to do this as a hobby, even on a tiny scale.
The Savile: How did you find the process of creating the pieces? What was involved?
Benjamin Edgar: I love basics. Or maybe classic pieces. I don't like owning a lot of clothing really - only stuff I really love. My motivation is maybe 3 parts: proportions, fabric, and wearability. By wearability I'm shooting for something classic I hope. I love "uniform" pieces - feel like I always have - stuff you just wear all the time. I'm always wearing the same outfit - people don't even make comments about it it anymore, ha. It's super important to me not to have anything that is extraneous - but I suppose thats my personal opinion - we could all just wear scrubs everyday and that would do the trick, right? Like epaulettes - I like what they do for the shoulder line, but I feel like I could never design anything that had them. I just try and be careful not to design something that will look dated - not sure how to articulate it really, but its like - if the George Nelson bench was a piece of clothing, what would it look like? The Nelson bench is so perfect to me.
The Savile: How did you decide on the fabrics?
Benjamin Edgar: When I got into this I always thought fabric was secondary to design. Which is really hilarious when I look back on it. I remember reading this interview with Jean Touitou of APC, and he talked about starting with fabric then designing - I feel like I've started doing that on accident. I live in the midwest, Grand Rapids, so I had to get used to ordering swatches, lots of them, and going from there. It taught me patience. Shirting drives me nuts. I get so frustrated going to fabric stores here, like: "Who the hell is buying all this fleece?! This stuff sucks! Where is all the shirting?" It's kind of funny. My favorite fabrics are really dense ones. I love really dense sateen for pants. I love fabrics that wrinkle well, sharp wrinkles. Matte dupioni silk for linings, love those.
The Savile: And where are they being made?
Benjamin Edgar: Right now everything is made right in our sampling studio - its crazy. But I love the control we have. I love being close to the process and I'm lucky to work with a really awesome pattern-maker. I'd like to keep everything here in the states - something I just enjoy about it - and I'd like to keep the more intense pieces, leather jackets, the new bag we're working on, etc all in-studio. I would never want something to be out there that wasn't 100% up to par quality wise - why even do it if you're not going to do it really well.
The Savile: And it's available...
Benjamin Edgar: I'm pretty honored that my stuff is available in a really beautiful new store in NYC called A Man and a Women. My friend Virgil introduced myself and the look book off my phone to the owner Erin and things kind of just happened from there. I have some stuff available here in Grand Rapids at store called Lamb thats owned by a close friend of mine. Who knows where else, wherever it fits - I think its an honor when a buyer/shop-owner takes interest enough in what you're doing to sell it.
>Benjamin Edgar, or Whatever
>Lobel's Meat Bible
Recently, Blake has received another boost by being ranked second in BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2011, honoring the upcoming year’s most promising artists. His self-titled debut album will be released on February 7th via his own label ATLAS, with support and distribution from major label A&M Records.
>Tommy Ton's Street Style at Pitti Uomo
>The Making of the Eames Fiberglass Chair
>Partners & Spade
"Our premium Goodyear Welted shoes continue to be made in England and take eight weeks to produce. Some 130 skilled craftspeople, up to 75 shoe parts and approximately 200 different operations are involved."
This quick little behind the scenes tour provides a glimpse of the operation.
>127 Hours: Aron Ralston Talks Survival
>What I Saw Today
"The Rapha + Paul Smith version of the Essentials Case is a luxury storage pouch for vital road tools. Made from tough leather, the case fits comfortably into a cycling jersey or jacket pocket. The case has bound seams, and the robust zip has an O-ring puller and purple satin tape.
The case is lined with a flamboyant purple and black polka dot pattern on one side and has “The freedom of the open road” motto, in Paul Smith’s own handwriting, printed on the other."
"Graduating from a photography degree in 2003. Anthony's first job was a poster campaign for Nike 'Panna'. Alot of his work now revolves around urban landscapes with mixed light sources and atmospheric grades. He travels to various cities around the world documenting modern architecture. Anthony also is a director and DOP in many videos and moving image projects. One half of directing duo called LO DEF working with production company Partizan. In 2008 his work took him to Tokyo, South Africa, London, France, Belgium and for a 6 week project in the favela's of Rio photographing the progression of a project by acclaimed artist JR."
>Wilson football factory visit
>Behind the Wheel: The Great Automobile Aficionados
"Our third Viberg hiker has arrived this one made up in Vintage Tan Calf, with brown leather laces. These boots are traditional in style and every bit as rugged and comfortable as our It’s difficult to fully appreciate the quality of the materials and hand craftsmanship that go into Viberg boots without handling and trying a pair. They’re solid, weighty, and rugged, built to stand up to the nastiest conditions and last a lifetime."
Available in 3 colours, these ones above are my favourite.
"Ain’t No Grave is Johnny’s final studio recording. The album and its title track deal heavily with themes of mortality, resurrection, and everlasting life. The Johnny Cash Project pays tribute to these themes. Through the love and contributions of the people around the world that Johnny has touched so deeply, he appears once again before us.
The Johnny Cash Project is a visual testament to how the Man in Black lives on – not just through his vast musical legacy, but in the hearts and minds of all of us around the world he has touched with his talent, his passion, and his indomitable spirit. It is this spirit that is the lifeblood of The Johnny Cash Project. Thank you for helping Johnny’s spirit soar once more. God bless."
>The Johnny Cash Project
"Using the fewest and purest ingredients, we make natural vegan soap in batches of 20 or less. Our small-batch approach refines an old world craft into a reconnection with handmade quality. Our soap buyers choose from specific batches as they are poured, cured, handwrapped, and shipped 3 weeks from the date of pour to arrive at peak freshness. Beyond a unique experience, our soap has natural benefits including moisturizing suds, a chemical-free cleaning experience, and entirely plant-based ingredients."
>maak Soap Lab
The handles for each of these pocketknives are constructed from sustainable top quality walnut using what would otherwise be waste material from other production processes. The natural walnut, which is durable for light outdoor use, is colored in a rich dark stain to create individual shades and grain patterns in each knife, making every product a one-off."
>William & Son
There will be more Vancouver-finds in the coming weeks as I start to explore my new home more, but I'll always try to keep the finds balanced with the others.
320 W Cordova St.
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1E8
>Tim Barber Photography
"We make ours from durable waxed cotton, a fabric that develops a rich patina over time. The handles fit comfortably over the shoulder but are sized perfectly to avoid looking purse-y. Interior & exterior pockets for extra storage. Lined with a handsome navy and red Standish plaid."
>Oakstreet Boot Makers
>Brook Farm General Store
75 South 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Thursday - Monday 12 - 7pm
Tuesday & Wednesday - Closed
>Rapha Flickr photostream
>Klein Tools canvas zipper bag
>United Arrows Beauty & Youth - Hands down, the best jeans I've ever owned. The fit and the wash are perfect, I only wish the price was perfect too. Otherwise, these are perfect for everyday wear, right down to painting and hauling furniture.
>Uniqlo Flannels - Affordable, warm, available in a wide selection of colours and comfortable. Uniqlo's sizing is generally all over the chart for me, but their flannels all seem to fit relatively well even after weekly punishment from the washer-dryer routine.
>Mismo Shopper Canvas Bag - I don't think there's another bag I own that gets as much flack from the guys as this one. I normally go with a messenger bag, but in the later seasons I switch to something that doesn't make my coat bunch up. The canvas and leather have aged beautifully and it can surprisingly hold a lot while I pick up last minute things throughout the day.
>Uniqlo Heattech Socks - Uniqlo has been pushing this technology for the last little while now and I was quite pleased when I came across them in sock form. They're better than a standard wool sock and come in a few colour options. They're also terrific around the house.
>Red Wing Chukka - Through light snow, gravel, mud and puddles, these have been great. The soles are just the perfect height to keep the uppers and pant bottoms away from the elements but not nearly as heavy or clunky as others, and they're easy to wear all day, everyday.
>Outlier Liberated Wool Peacoat - For the past few years I had been searching for something in the form of technical outerwear that didn't look like technical outerwear. Tyler and Abe from Outlier have nailed it with this newer release. It moves with you, it's waterproof, it's warm, the fit is incredible and it's rugged enough that it can be beat up a bit.
>Beams Plus Knit Hat - For whatever reason, finding a plain, knitted hat in town was impossible. I probably didn't need to go all the way to Tokyo for one, but the colour and detail of this heavy knit option was tough to pass up. It's a tad overkill for this early in the season so I end up only taking it out after sun down.
>Joy Division by Cummins
>Hugh Holland 'Locals Only' exhibit
612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, California
92 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
Monday – Saturday
11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
The Speedster above, I spotted in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong.
>Porsche 356 Speedster
Though it was never an official supplier, Goyard went on to be the outfitter of choice for aristocratic families and other heads of state, helping its noteriety rise internationally. Some requested their coat of arms be custom marked on their luggage - eventually leading to their custom monogramming service. Goyard became so popular with this set in fact, the label branched out into accessories for owner's dogs, cats, and monkeys, with a few options still available to this day in the form of custom collars and carryalls. Riding this success but wanting to stay true to their heritage while innovating, they were one of the first luggage makers to partner with automobile companies to create pieces custom fitted for the boots of certain models from J. Rothschild et Fils carriages and Bugatti amongst others.
>Maison E. Goyard
>Photo via Karl Hab
>Gibson 1934-L5 Reissue
>Tres Bien Shop
>UNION Los Angeles